U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > San Antonio
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 01-25-2011, 03:17 PM
 
14 posts, read 18,635 times
Reputation: 19

Advertisements

Does anyone know of any coffee shops that haven't been taken over by business people loudly yacking into cell phones? We like to enjoy coffee and the paper in the mornings after dropping our daughter off at school but every place we've tried lately is full of people holding full-out business meetings in Starbucks, Local Coffee, even Panera. I've seen people set up an "office" with files and laptops and stay for hours taking up table space from other customers. Are there any coffee shops (preferably) in the NC area that are still quiet and pleasant?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-25-2011, 04:04 PM
 
574 posts, read 1,164,585 times
Reputation: 400
Olmos Perk (Olmos Park - not really NC but a short drive down Mccullough)
Wildfire Coffee Roasters - almost always quiet in the place
Apple Annie's - not sure about morning hours to be honest, but they used to have a pretty lowkey spot before moving, I'm assuming the crowd hasn't changed much
West Ave. Cafe I am not a fan of the food, but I'm sure they can make a cup of coffee (let's hope) it's situated right off Lockhill Selma and West Ave. lots of oaks in that shopping center.

There is a little cafe across from the Alon HEB (in the same shopping center), I don't recall the name, but you may want to check that out. It's next door or a few shop fronts down from the Baskin Robbins.

Too bad they shut down the IHop Cafe, I enjoyed the staff and hoped it would be a long lasting staple in the community. 1.25 for a good cup of coffee.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-25-2011, 06:54 PM
 
Location: 1604 & Potranco Area
314 posts, read 724,884 times
Reputation: 385
The only one I have found that I like is La Taza

La Taza Coffee House - San Antonio, TX
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-26-2011, 10:10 AM
 
1,836 posts, read 3,341,473 times
Reputation: 1735
I understand how annoying it can all be, but as long as they keep buying something on a regular basis, it's good for business.

I stay away from Starbucks, so I don't know much about how they function, but I do know that Candlelight Coffee House is always a great spot to sit, chat and just relax (St. Marys). I know you were looking for something in the burbs, but there are many homegrowns going towards downtown that could use the buck in this economy.



BN
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-26-2011, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & San Antonio, TX
790 posts, read 3,622,587 times
Reputation: 516
I like Candlelight for coffee and conversation, and the Foundry for a quieter, more relaxed place to hang out for an hour or two (when trying to get some work or reading done).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2011, 01:34 PM
 
1,792 posts, read 2,445,388 times
Reputation: 1421
Brown Coffee, but they are only open Wednesday-Saturday.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2011, 01:39 PM
Bo Bo won $500 in our forum's Most Engaging Poster Contest - Tenth Edition (Apr-May 2014). 

Over $104,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum and additional contests are planned
 
Location: Ohio
16,823 posts, read 33,226,435 times
Reputation: 13612
FWIW, the people who do it regularly don't consider it squatting, they call it co-working. There are organized co-working groups here that do their respective work activities in a common location, such as designated coffee shops.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2011, 02:44 PM
 
Location: From TX to VA
8,578 posts, read 5,977,967 times
Reputation: 8074
Default Wow!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreadlockd View Post
....Too bad they shut down the IHop Cafe, I enjoyed the staff and hoped it would be a long lasting staple in the community. 1.25 for a good cup of coffee.
Oh no! They shut down IHOP? What about the coffee shops that used to be called Jim's? Are they gone too?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2011, 02:48 PM
 
14 posts, read 18,635 times
Reputation: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bo View Post
FWIW, the people who do it regularly don't consider it squatting, they call it co-working. There are organized co-working groups here that do their respective work activities in a common location, such as designated coffee shops.
This is precisely what I don't understand. If you need a place to do work that is going to take you more than an hour or two, why take up space at a coffee shop? Why sit there with your bluetooth on a conference call in the middle of a coffee shop tormenting strangers with the boring details of whatever it is you're doing?
It is really annoying to not be able to have a seat with your coffee because everything is taken by people who have clearly been there for hours. Some cities are now setting their wifi passwords to expire every hour so that patrons will have to make a purchase to logon to the wifi again. Maybe that will help keep people moving so other customers can have a chance to enjoy these places as well.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2011, 02:56 PM
Bo Bo won $500 in our forum's Most Engaging Poster Contest - Tenth Edition (Apr-May 2014). 

Over $104,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum and additional contests are planned
 
Location: Ohio
16,823 posts, read 33,226,435 times
Reputation: 13612
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bella58 View Post
This is precisely what I don't understand. If you need a place to do work that is going to take you more than an hour or two, why take up space at a coffee shop? Why sit there with your bluetooth on a conference call in the middle of a coffee shop tormenting strangers with the boring details of whatever it is you're doing?
It is really annoying to not be able to have a seat with your coffee because everything is taken by people who have clearly been there for hours. Some cities are now setting their wifi passwords to expire every hour so that patrons will have to make a purchase to logon to the wifi again. Maybe that will help keep people moving so other customers can have a chance to enjoy these places as well.
The fact that there are countermeasures like that available would seem to indicate that the places you're seeing it happen are not discouraging co-working and may even be welcoming it. I guess your best option is to take your business to the shops that don't welcome it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > San Antonio
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top